As in recent years, the conference runs 2 1/2 days, and the sessions alternate between invited plenary keynotes and parallel paper sessions. The latter include 3-4 full-length talks and 2-minute minitalks. A new addition is a three-hour doctoral consortium on Wednesday.
The topics for the 14 paper sessions are:
- Crowdsourcing (2)
- Crowdfunding & entrepreneurship (2)
- Leadership and organization (2)
- Policy (2)
- Communities (1)
- Firm interactions with users (1)
- Healthcare UI (1)
- User toolkits (1)
- Other UI (2)
As in previous years, attendance appears to be less for the European venues than in Boston — making for a more intimate and interactive conference. Unfortunately, I’ll be one of those missing this year, due to an unanticipated schedule conflict. One of my co-authors will be presenting our work on 3D printing in the final session.
This is my first year missing OUI since I started attending: from 2008-2014 I made 7 of 7 OUI conferences vs. 4 of 7 AOM. (In fact, the only reason I decided to attend AOM this year is because I’m missing OUI). I always value my time at OUI, hearing the newest research, having a chance to discuss my own research, and of course meeting old and new friends. (I’ve lost track of how many new colleagues I first got to know at OUI).
Best wishes to all my OUI friends and (to quote our local sports team) just wait until 2016!